Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Convention on Assistance)
Ongoing

The Convention on Assistance sets up a framework for states parties to co-operate amongst themselves and with the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate prompt assistance in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

 

Adopted: 26 September 1986

Opened for signature: 26 September 1986 (Vienna) and 6 October 1986 (New York)

Entered into force: 26 February 1987

Parties: 124 (including EURATOM, FAO, WHO and WMO) (see table below)

 

More information on the Convention on Assistance, including the text, is available here.

The text of the Convention on Assistance is also reproduced in the Supplement to Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 38.

The current status of the Convention on Assistance is available here.

The following articles related to the Convention on Assistance were published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

  • The IAEA Conventions on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, by B. Moser (NLB 44, p. 10).
  • Inside nuclear baseball: Reflections on the development of the safety conventions, by C. Stoiber (NLB 100, p. 61).
  • The impact of the major nuclear power plant accidents on the international legal framework for nuclear power, by S.G. Burns (NLB 101, p. 7).

 

Parties to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

Albania

Eritrea

Luxembourg

Russia*

Algeria

Estonia

Madagascar

Rwanda

Argentina*

Finland*

Malaysia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Armenia*

France*

Mali

Saudi Arabia

Australia

Gabon

Mauritania

Senegal

Austria

Georgia

Mauritius

Serbia

Bangladesh

Germany*

Mexico*

Singapore

Belarus*

Ghana

Moldova

Slovak Republic*

Belgium*

Greece

Monaco

Slovenia*

Benin

Guatemala

Mongolia

South Africa*

Bolivia

Hungary*

Montenegro

Spain*

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iceland

Morocco

Sri Lanka

Botswana

India*

Mozambique

Sweden*

Brazil*

Indonesia

Namibia

Switzerland*

Bulgaria*

Iran*

Netherlands*

Syrian Arab Republic

Burkina Faso

Iraq

New Zealand

Tajikistan

Cameroon

Ireland

Nicaragua

Tanzania

Canada*

Israel

Niger

Thailand

Chile

Italy

Nigeria

Tunisia

China*

Japan*

North Macedonia

Turkey

Colombia

Jordan

Norway

Ukraine*

Costa Rica

Kazakhstan

Oman

United Arab Emirates*

Côte d'Ivoire

Korea*

Pakistan*

United Kingdom*

Croatia

Kuwait

Panama

United States*

Cuba

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Paraguay

Uruguay

Cyprus

Latvia

Peru

Viet Nam

Czech Republic*

Lebanon

Philippines

Zimbabwe

Denmark

Lesotho

Poland

EURATOM

Ecuador

Libya

Portugal

Food and Agriculture Organisation

Egypt

Liechtenstein

Qatar

World Health Organisation

El Salvador

Lithuania

Romania*

World Meteorological Organisation

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.